While the COVID-19 crisis has caused dining-room closures around the world, many restaurants are finding creative ways to continue serving their communities. Our latest Restaurant Spotlights highlight these efforts at Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners.
First-time Restaurant Award winner Saint Urban started as a way for chef Jared Ian Stafford-Hill to return to his hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., after spending 25 years cooking in well-known restaurants across New York City. With years of experience under his belt, Stafford-Hill brought refined technique and a thoughtfully curated wine program to Syracuse in late 2019.
The $39, three-course menu changes weekly, offering seasonal dishes inspired by European cooking. A recent menu lists chilled English pea soup with peas from a local farm, a seafood paella with confit tomatoes, and a chilled consommé of summer fruits and flowers. Since restaurants were forced to close their doors in March, Saint Urban has been offering its set menu for takeout, along with the nearly 500-label, Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list that features a well-rounded selection of wines, with highlights in France and Italy.
The restaurant recently began reopening for indoor and outdoor dining at limited capacity, on Fridays and Saturdays only. With that comes the start of monthly socially distant wine dinners that will focus on different wine regions. But guests can still enjoy the to-go programs, which also include DIY meal kits with instructional videos so customers can craft their own restaurant-quality dishes at home.